Medical examiners get $1M extra in state budget

The Associated Press

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RALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers have agreed to spend an additional $1 million on the state's medical examiner system.

The Legislature also agreed to study how other states handle death investigations and see if North Carolina needs to increase pay, qualifications or oversight for medical examiners.

The extra money comes after a series by The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/RL52QY ) that found medical examiners fail to examine bodies in one out of every nine cases, breaking state law.

The series also found medical examiners only visit crime scenes about 10 percent of the time. Experts say seeing where the death happened can be important.

North Carolina Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Deborah Radisch blamed the problems on a lack of money.

Gov. Pat McCrory asked for $2 million for medical examiners after reading the series.

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